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The Russian economy is heading for a long recession. Economic collapse, which could still occur, is not in the West's interests.
The Commission has handled the issue of state aid for nuclear energy well, but should use its powers to end coal subsidies.
It is unlikely that Podemos will win Spain’s general elections. Podemos advocates for a reformed EU but will not be confrontational with the European institutions.
Putin was the winner in Minsk. Fighting in Ukraine is paused, not finished. Ukraine must reform faster, while the West adapts to confrontation with Russia.
Juncker has taken three steps to strengthen the Commission’s hand in European politics but he must still prove he can avoid repeating Barroso’s mistakes.
Charles Grant discusses three challenges facing the EU in 2015: the combined problems of Russia and Ukraine; the continuing fragility of the eurozone; and the growing risk of Brexit.
GMOs should not be supported or opposed as a single technology. The compromise that the Juncker Commission has negotiated must now be implemented.